Thursday, February 29, 2024

Tai Chi Retreat 2024

 

Your first view of the Claymont mansion

The Tai Chi Chuan Study Center

presents

Our 28th annual

“Return to the Mountain” Tai Chi Retreat

which will be held June 6 to 9, 2024

(Thursday afternoon to Sunday after lunch),

at the Claymont Mansion near Harpers Ferry, West Virginia.

If you would like to receive an email
when registration opens for Retreat 2024,
please send an email to wdconner@gmail.com.

Open to all levels.

There will be special classes for beginners.

The mansion’s grand porch, southern view

The Claymont Mansion

Residing on 340 beautiful acres of Shenandoah Valley forest and farmland, Claymont Mansion was constructed following a design of George Washington by his grand-nephew Bushrod in 1820. (Bushrod’s older brother inherited Mt. Vernon.) Claymont is the only home of the original Washington family in which guests can stay overnight. We will have exclusive use of this stately, colonial style mansion which is currently undergoing careful restoration. Featuring large lawns, quiet woods and tempting, tranquil paths, it offers a serene setting for our Tai Chi practice as well as for leisurely contemplation and lots of laidback relaxation.

Meals featuring fresh vegetables and delicious salads will be prepared in the mansion’s kitchen by the Claymont staff and served in the elegant wood-paneled dining room. Food will be primarily, but not exclusively, vegetarian (i.e., there will be a salmon course for Sat. lunch).

Accommodations in the mansion are genuinely historic, somewhat rustic and comfortable. There will be shared rooms and baths, separated by gender. There are a very few double rooms for couples. Rooms will be assigned. Beds within a room are first come, first served.

Bed linens and towels will be provided. Bring your own toiletries.

While not modern, Claymont is charming and historic.

Tai Chi classes are held in the mansion’s ballroom, on the huge porch and on the lawn under the trees. We have fun in a beautiful setting!

Please do not bring any work materials and/or work equipment.
Allow yourself to take a break from all that.

All guest rooms include free wireless internet.

There will also be a large amount of free time to encourage everyone to unwind and enjoy the beautiful setting. There are no recreation facilities other than the lawns, gardens, paths, and acres and acres of countryside. Be prepared to enjoy a great deal of quiet nature.

Claymont Court is not a hotel. Therefore, students should bring their own toiletries. Also, you might bring: walking shoes; Frisbees; games, a book to read, etc.

Please note that no cameras or recordings of any kind are allowed during classes and practices.

To enhance the group energy,
all students will please plan to arrive on time and to attend the entire time.
   

Claymont’s new security protocol now includes a driveway gate
which they wish to lock as early as possible.

Students are responsible for their own transportation.
Carpools are encouraged.
Claymont Mansion is an easy drive from the Washington area and easy to find.

Head instructor Warren Conner has taught Tai Chi since 1975.

Waiver:
By participating in this retreat,
you hereby affirm that you are vaccinated
and you agree to release and hold harmless
The T’ai Chi Ch’uan Study Center, Ltd. and the instructors
and the retreat location from any liability for any injury or harm
that might result from your attendance and/or participation.

Return to the Mountain Tai Chi Retreat
June 6 to 9, 2024.
(Thursday afternoon to Sunday after lunch.)

Retreat includes nine meals, three overnights
and approx. twelve hours of classes.

The retreat offers a great deal of Tai Chi instruction
including form, qi gong, t’ui shou, ta lu, history and theory, etc.

If you would like to register
for yourself and another person,
just register twice and then email me
the name and email address of the second student.
wdconner@gmail.com

All registration is online.
You do not have to have a Paypal account.
Registrations other
than online registrations
will incur a $50 administrative fee.

Late fee begins after May 29, 2024.

No refunds after May 29, 2024.

Refunds must be requested
in writing via email
by no later than May 29, 2024,
and will incur a 25% administrative fee.

All students must attend the entire retreat.

If you would like to receive an email
when registration opens for Retreat 2024,
please send an email to wdconner@gmail.com

Thanks!

2024 Retreat Schedule

(possibly subject to minor revision)

 

Thursday, June 6, 2024

3 – 4 p.m …………… Arrive at Claymont, rooms are assigned, beds are first come, first choice

4:00 p.m. ………………………..Welcome and Orientation; Drawing for Teams

5 – 6 p.m.……………..Tai Chi class

6 p.m ……………………………………Dinner 

7:30 – 8:30 p.m…….Tai Chi class

10 p.m. ……………………………Lights out; all quiet 

Friday, June 7, 2024

7 – 8 a.m………………Tai Chi class / Qi Gong
8 a.m……………………………………..Breakfast
8:30 – 11 a.m…………………….Free Time
11 a.m. – 12 noon….Tai Chi class
12 noon………………………………….Lunch
12:30 – 5 p.m…………………….Free Time
4 – 5 p.m. ………………………Optional, Individual 15 minute session with a senior student
5 – 6 p.m……………Tui Shou, Etc.
6 p.m……………………………………..Dinner
7:30 – 8:30 p.m……..Tai Chi Theory and History

10 p.m. ……………………………Lights out; all quiet 

Saturday, June 8, 2024

7 – 8 a.m………………Tai Chi class / Qi Gong
8 a.m……………………………………..Breakfast
8:30 – 11 a.m…………………….Free Time
11 a.m. – 12 noon….Tai Chi class
12 noon………………………………….Lunch
12:30 – 5 p.m…………………….Free Time
4 – 5 p.m. ……………………….Optional, Individual 15 minute session with a senior student

5 – 6 p.m……………Tui Shou, Etc.
6 p.m……………………………………..Dinner
7:30 – 8:30 p.m……..TBA

10 p.m. …………………………….Lights out; all quiet 

……

Sunday, June 9, 2024

7 – 8 a.m………………Tai Chi class / Qi Gong
8 a.m……………………………………..Breakfast
8:30 – 11 a.m……………………..Free Time
11 a.m. – 12 noon….Tai Chi class
12 noon………………………………….Lunch
1 p.m. approx………………………………………….Departure and Farewell

If you would like to receive an email
when registration opens for Retreat 2024,
please send an email to wdconner@gmail.com.

 

wdconner@gmail.com                             703-759-9141

 

All Photos by W. Conner

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